Patricia Petersen ran for the Senate and also in the 2012 state election.
Patricia Petersen ran for the Senate and also in the 2012 state election. Contributed.

Court stress caused mum's fatal strokes - woman suing mayor

SERIAL election candidate Patricia Petersen says her conviction for putting up election signs led to her mother having fatal strokes.

Dr Petersen made the statement in new court papers for defamation claims against Ipswich's current mayor and a former state member.

In May 2015 Dr Petersen was found guilty at Ipswich Magistrates Court for illegally erecting election signs, and fined $1650.

She said she successfully appealed but damage to her reputation "had already been done".

The fine related to 2012 state elections.

In a new statement of claim, Dr Petersen said she had to "forever live with the knowledge" of briefly being labelled a "criminal".

She said this caused anxiety and embarrassment to her and her mother.

She said her mother "had a series of strokes from the stress and died soon after the appeal".

Dr Petersen alleged the city council and current mayor Andrew Antoniolli, formerly a councillor, "arranged" for her to be fined "for political purposes".

In the new documents filed on Friday, Dr Petersen claimed slightly over $1 million each from Mr Antoniolli and former state MP Rachel Nolan.

The vast majority of that amount was for alleged defamation.

On Wednesday, Mr Antoniolli said through a spokesman he'd received no new information on the matter so would need more time before making any comment.

Dr Petersen wanted the case joined with a $2.7 million suit filed in January related to the 2012 campaign.

Ms Nolan and Mr Antoniolli have filed defences in that matter - in which Dr Petersen is suing the city council as well.

A council spokesman previously said that claim was referred to council insurers.

On Monday, an application in that lawsuit was dismissed and Dr Petersen ordered to pay costs.

But the matter overall was put on a list for self-represented people.

The new claim also mentioned Dr Petersen's Senate candidacy in the 2013 Federal Election.

Dr Petersen said she lived on the Sunshine Coast then, when campaign helpers installed election signs on Coast properties.

She said in her claim that during a "suspicious" mobile phone call, a man claiming to be from "council" told her to remove the signs.

Dr Petersen said she refused, but later that night, all signs were stolen. -NewsRegional


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